Belgian minister offers ten euros for bag of rubbish
North Sea Minister has drawn up a new clean-up action plan entitled "Fishing for Litter".
The Belgian North Sea Minister Etienne Schouppe (Flemish Christian Democrat) has drawn up a new action plan. Entitled "Fishing for Litter" (in English in the original) Schouppe hopes to convince fishermen to stop littering at sea.
The politician has the refuse fishermen dump at sea in his sights. He's offering to pay ten euros for every bag of refuse landed at a Belgian port.
Mr Schouppe told VRT that the problem was on the increase: "Birds and fish get tangled in refuse dumped at sea and often they die."
The North Sea Minister has calculated that some 600,000 cubic metres of refuse are dumped in the Belgian sector of the North Sea each and every year.